The PhD program at SME is rigorous and demanding. It has been designed to produce candidates with skills and achievements, enabling them to meaningfully
stake their candidature for full-time faculty positions in premier management institutes across the country.
The PhD program currently provides an opportunity for focused research in all areas of specialization that the school offers. The program emphasizes pursuing research work that connects with the world of practice, with any of the national or global programs that speak to contemporary issues in our society and their management, particularly those that have an overlay of technology and entrepreneurship.
The curriculum emphasizes research training through specific doctoral courses compulsory to all students and area-level doctoral courses as electives. Doctoral courses are designed specifically for the students and are offered exclusively for them.
Students are required to complete coursework comprising a total of 30 credits, which includes courses around philosophy, theory building,
Qualitative / Quantitative research methodologies and methods as also electives specific to the student’s cross-functional interest among others.
Beyond the classroom-based coursework (list of courses appended below), which can be completed within the first 2 – 4 semesters, students would be required to work on and present their respective "2nd-year research paper" and a "Business Research Proposal" comprising 24 credits. To initiate their respective thesis work, a student has to satisfactorily complete the following requirements.